[HOT] Activations : How to respond rapidly in context of incresing workload

Pierre Béland pierzenh at yahoo.fr
Mon Feb 4 12:41:45 GMT 2013

Hi Maning,

This would be nice. I will also be at the  Open Data Day event on Feb 23 in Montreal. I hope that contributors from Asia and Europe which have a better time frame to discuss with your zone will be able to collaborate.


> De : maning sambale <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com>
>À : Brad Neuhauser <brad.neuhauser at gmail.com> 
>Cc : Pierre Béland <pierzenh at yahoo.fr>; HOT Openstreetmap <hot at openstreetmap.org> 
>Envoyé le : Lundi 4 février 2013 5h47
>Objet : Re: [HOT] Activations : How to respond rapidly in context of incresing workload
>We have an Open Data Day event on Feb 23.  If there is enough
>interest, I can run a HOT workshop to help in some of the task.  Would
>be nice if one of the task leads would be available via Skype, G+
>hangout or irc so that mappers can ask questions related to the
>specific task.
>On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM, Brad Neuhauser <brad.neuhauser at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't know how many HOT contributors have also been involved in SBTF
>> activations (I have been sporadically involved in both), but SBTF have done
>> some of the things Pierre mentions in the the 4th and 5th paragraphs
>> already.  It might be helpful for the WG to contact someone at SBTF to
>> discuss their experience.
>> Cheers, Brad
>> On Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM, Pierre Béland <pierzenh at yahoo.fr> wrote:
>>> Below are some thoughts that could be discussed in the next Activation WG
>>> meeting.
>>> While we accept more humanitarian activations, we have to adapt to the
>>> increasing workload and keep the capacity to respond rapidly.
>>> Part of the solution would be to invite other groups to collaborate. My
>>> feeling is that there is not enough HOT contributors to support a rapid
>>> intervention for the current three Activations, not to count the others to
>>> come. At the same time, I think that we have to look at how we coordinate to
>>> be able to respond rapidly and efficiently to support less experienced
>>> mappers, to follow mapping progress. The coordinators cannot do all of that
>>> by themselves.
>>> I think that in the context of these Activations, experienced members
>>> should accept to take certain responsibilities, remove these from the
>>> coordinators shoulders. For example, there are various tasks to be done such
>>> as road network validation and classification, Populated places imports,
>>> Geolocation of various services. These tasks have to be done by experimented
>>> contributors. And I dont think that it is enough to list such tasks on the
>>> Wiki coordination page and wait for people to eventually do the job.
>>> As the remote mapping is concerned, other then training, we need to follow
>>> mapping progress, to assure the quality of data and support contributors. I
>>> like the concept of IRC chat, but I would like to have a system that has
>>> functionnality similar to what Skype offers (ie. history of discussion,
>>> sound notification). And we might need eventually a discussion list specific
>>> to the activations.
>>> Any ideas about this?
>>> Pierre
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